Dellis Cay: Starchitects in the Turks & Caicos archipielago

Oppenheim, rendering by dbox

Super star architects arrive to the Caribbean, specifically to Dellis Cay,  a 560-acre island at the Turks & Caicos archipielago. The project, set to be completed by 2010, will feature works by , David Chipperfield, Carl Ettensperger, Zaha Hadid, , Piero Lissoni, and Chad Oppenheim. In addition to the 124 villas and 154 residences, the island will have a 30,000 sq ft Spa operated by the Mandarin Oriental, a five star luxury hotel, a signature restaurant and numerous casual dining experiences.

Below you can see further images of the individual projects, done by d-box.  There aren´t too many images available, but you can certainly notice the hand of each architect on this projects, specially the Zaha and Chipperfield ones.

From this project, two houses took my attention. First, a house by Chad Oppenheim, pictured above. I really like the public area of this house, which reminds me of contemporary brazilian houses: A unique concrete volume covering the open public space and an enclosed area for the bedrooms. You can really feel outside while being covered by the structure, which has a big span with no elements that block the views.

Dellis Cay Kengo Kuma, render by dbox
Kengo Kuma, render by dbox
Kengo Kuma, render by dbox

The other project that i liked is the Spa designed by Kengo Kuma. At first glance it looks like a typical structure, almost like a barn. But as you can see on the above images, the wood work acts as a filter between the inside and the outside on a very subtle way, giving privacy to the spa while integrating with the surroundings.

House by Zaha Hadid:

House by Zaha Hadid, render by dbox

House by David Chipperfield:

House by David Chipperfield, render by dbox

House by Carl Ettensperger:

Carl Ettensperger, render by dbox

House by Shigeru Ban:

House by Shigeru Ban, render by dbox

Map of the island, you can also check the archipielago on Google Maps:

Cite: Saieh, Nico. "Dellis Cay: Starchitects in the Turks & Caicos archipielago" 04 Aug 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • orangemenace

    What’s the top image?

  • etty

    This sounds a bit too much over the top.

  • David Basulto


    it´s a house by Chad Oppenheim

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  • Chiaro Scuro

    What houses? All I see are single spaces, with hints of an exterior. These are just pretty 2-d pictures.

  • dea

    Plans,sections ???